Randy Johnson is expected to miss at least two starts as the 300-game winner recovers from a strained shoulder.
The San Francisco Giants placed the left-hander on the 15-day disabled list Monday after he hurt himself on a swing Sunday.
Johnson, who last month became the 24th pitcher in major league history to reach 300 career wins, felt something in his arm but initially tried to pitch through it. He then left his start after committing a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning against the Houston Astros.
The 45-year-old Johnson (8-6) underwent an MRI exam Monday that revealed the strain.
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“As of now we hope he can pitch when his 15 days are up,” manager Bruce Bochy said before the Giants opened a series against the Florida Marlins. “We’ll continue to evaluate him but also give him time to get his arm back. … This guy’s been amazing, what he’s done and what he’s accomplished. I’m sure age becomes a factor at this stage.”
Johnson, who wasn’t available for comment Monday, had managed to stay healthy this season – a major accomplishment considering his recent medical history. Back problems hampered the 6-foot-10 left-hander, a 303-game winner in his 22nd big league season, in each of the previous two years with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“He’s been unbelievable,” catcher Bengie Molina said. “He’s been pitching great and he’s been a great influence to the young kids.”
Johnson fell on his shoulder during his 300th win at Washington but Bochy wasn’t sure the injury was related. He also took a swing in batting practice several days ago and felt some discomfort in his biceps area, then experienced a similar sensation Sunday.
The manager met with Johnson after the pitcher arrived at the ballpark Monday.
“He was on a pace to win 15 or so games at least,” Bochy said. “He’s disappointed to have to go on the disabled list because he was feeling great.”
Jonathan Sanchez, recently demoted to the bullpen, will rejoin the rotation during Johnson’s absence. Infielder Kevin Frandsen was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to fill the roster spot.
First basemen to swing for NL
Former champion Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez will represent the National League in the All-Star home run derby next week.
The four sluggers are the NL’s first basemen for the game July 14 at St. Louis. The home run derby will be held Monday night at Busch Stadium.
Pujols leads the majors with 31 home runs for the Cardinals. Howard won the 2006 All-Star home run derby in Pittsburgh.
The AL participants will be announced later.
Cubs owner has deal with buyer
The Tribune Co. has reached a written agreement to sell the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and other assets to the family of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts for about $900 million, a person close to the negotiations said Monday.
The agreement was reached over the weekend and a document outlining the deal – called a term sheet – was sent to Major League Baseball for review, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
The team has been on the market since 2007, when real estate mogul Sam Zell announced his $8.2 billion purchase of Tribune Co. The financially troubled media giant filed for bankruptcy last December but the Cubs were not included in the filing.
The Kansas City Royals acquired 33-year-old utilityman Ryan Freel from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Freel has started at five positions in his career and has a career .355 on-base percentage with 143 stolen bases. Freel was batting .140 and was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 2 when they acquired utility infielder Jeff Baker from Colorado. Freel played in 14 games for Chicago, batting .143. … The Detroit Tigers will skip rookie right-hander Rick Porcello’s next turn in the rotation, and manager Jim Leyland insisted his last two starts did not factor in the decision. Porcello (8-6) has a 4.14 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 31 walks over 87 innings. … The Phillies are among teams scouting free-agent pitcher Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic. The three-time AL Cy Young Award winner was 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA for the Mets last season. … Phillies left fielder Raul Ibañez went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, walk and scored a run in his first rehab start at Double-A Reading. Ibañez, voted to his first All-Star team, is expected to get a few more rehab starts to test his injured groin.